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Lactation After Loss

Updated: Sep 16, 2020

Happy Breastfeeding awareness month from Huddle Up Moms. Thank you for your continued support this month! Don’t forget to purchase one of our Breastfeeding Welcome Here Stickers found on our breastfeeding campaign page.

We know this month has been a focus on advocating, supporting, educating, and normalizing breastfeeding, but we also want to bring to light some of the difficult topics surrounding breastfeeding. Huddle Up Moms is honored to feature one of our local lactation specialists, Katherine Havener, in this important topic related to pregnancy loss and breastfeeding.

DISCLOSURE: This information is not meant to be ALL encompassing and should NOT replace seeking advice from your health care provider for specific questions, solutions, and concerns about your health! The purpose of this blog is to spark curiosity and gain some insight into your health.

One of the most difficult things a mother can experience is the loss of a child. Whether a mother loses her baby in late pregnancy, or postpartum, the feelings of grief and sadness can become deeper when her body starts to produce milk. Her engorged breasts, and the milk itself, are a reminder of the baby that she did not get to bring home from the hospital, and that she does not get to breastfeed.

Because of this, some bereaved mothers may wish to stop producing milk as soon as possible. Others may see their breastmilk as a lasting connection to the